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Callicarpa americana

Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana L.

cal-lee-CAR-pah  a-mer-ah-CANE-a

Verbenaceae

 

Explanation of name: Callicarpa, Greek for beauty and fruit, americana, American (WA1)

 

Natural range: S.E.U.S., and Florida hammocks and woodlands

 

Recognition: Colorful native shrub when in fruit. Leaves rough, opposite, serrate, light green, up to 6 long, and held by fuzzy petioles. Flowers in the spring, small lilac clusters around the stem, which attract butterflies. Fruits purple, shiny, pea-sized, clustered along the stem, often visible year-round. There is a white-fruited var. alba Rehd. The fruit attracts wildlife.

 

Landscape uses: Specimen or massed shrub valued for broad tolerances and for showy purple fruits. Great for a native or wildlife garden.

 

Botanical

English

FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season

Typical Dimensions 

Fruit Comments

Cultural Conditions

Problems

Callicarpa americana

Beautyberry

Native

Shrub

SP-SU

(NE2)

 

5-6

(HAE, PBCC)

Bright, Purple "berries" visible most of the year, esp. FA-Wl

SU-PS(SH)

ME-MO

WI

DT

CT

(PBCC, NE4)

Caterpillars

 

 


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